Due to the storm event localisation and strength, the Jemena Electricity Network held up well compared to other industry peers with only three percent of customers impacted versus 15%+ of other networks. Through the team’s dedication the 10,900 customers left without power were returned to business as usual by Friday 11 June with no major or sustained damage to the network.
We also mobilised resources to the United Energy Network from Wednesday 9 June responding to more than 1500 priority one faults, an equivalent to one month’s total of fault and emergency response work, to return more than 100,000 United Energy customers back to power by the afternoon of Monday 14 June.
As a trusted partner to our industry clients, we also provided additional support to the AusNet Services’ team deploying crews from other contracts and using our Transmission team to assist in their rebuild efforts of their hardest hit regions. We provided resources and expertise to assist int the control room, with scoping and damage assessment, generator installations and assessing communication sites within the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne, as well as South Gippsland, including at Yallourn Mine where the riverbank was at risk of failure.
Pleasingly, our team not only used their experience to achieve the right recovery outcomes for our clients and community, they also displayed a strong commitment to putting Safety First with no Lost Time or Medical Treatment injuries and only one minor incident recorded. These efforts are yet another extraordinary example of Zinfra proactively using our expertise to ensure our client’s networks are safely repaired, operating and maintained for our local communities.